On 23 November, OCCRP produced a report saying that the Bongo family has ruled Gabon for over 5 decades — and for nearly as long, they have been accused of looting their nation’s wealth.  Authorities in France and the US have over the years investigated bundles of cash, customised cars, and pricey properties, assets potentially purchased with proceeds of corruption.  Now reporters have discovered that over the past two decades, the Bongos and their inner circle — including a judge who has been instrumental in helping the family hang on to power — have purchased at least 7 properties worth over $4.2 million in and near Washington.

I had omitted the following link (as it did not seem to generate much interest!), but it seemed time to add it again and say that, if you would like to make a (polite) gesture and help me with my removal and computer costs, I have a page at

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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